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Gentle First Year: The Essential Guide to Mother and Baby Wellbeing in the First Twelve Months [Paperback]

Dr. Gowri Motha , Karen Swan MacLeod
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Book Description

9 Sep 2011

Dr Gowri Motha is one the UK’s most respected obstetricians, working in holistic practice alongside Dr Yehudi Gordon. Her Gentle Birth Method has been hugely popular with celebrities, including Gwyneth Paltrow. Now she helps mothers in the first year after birth bond with their child and give them the best start in life.

A book that takes new parents month by month through the first weeks after birth – with detailed information on the health of mother and baby – and progresses to the end of the first year. Covering everything from colic and sleepless nights to your relationship with your partner, the book is a practical and emotionally reassuring guide to help you bond with your new child.

It contains:
• the first weeks: the idea of creating a gentle passage into the world for the child and how to ensure good bonding is discussed
• the health of your baby and toddler. From early days of breast feeding and helping your baby to sleep to introducing first foods and coping with early childhood ailments
• the health of the mother: everything from episiotomy scarring to misaligned pelvises, insomnia and baby blues. Gowri introduces special massage and yoga techniques
• the growing child: stage-by-stage development and introducing useful toys and books
• family relationships: fathers and siblings, and grandparents

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Product details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Thorsons (9 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007213050
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007213054
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 15.5 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Dr Gowri Motha is proud to present the Gentle Birth Method that aims to prepare mothers and fathers for a gentle birth.

The classes also include a hypnotic birth rehearsal to help mothers and fathers practise and understand the birth process mentally. This contributes greatly towards removing anxiety and installing confidence. During her twelve years within the NHS, Dr Motha observed the benefits of integrating Self Hypnosis and Visualisation classes for a gentle birth with complementary treatments into birth preparation, such as Reflexology, the Bowen Technique, Cranio- Sacral technique, Ayurveda and Alexander technique.

As part of her quest to help mothers to look forward to giving birth, she introduced water births into the NHS in the eighties. She was the first doctor to conduct a documented water birth within a London NHS hospital. Gowri and her close-knit team of complementary practitioners are dedicated to guiding mothers throughout their pregnancy by offering optimal treatments at the appropriate times during gestation. The Gentle Birth Method book was written so that mothers all over the world can read and follow the simple week-by-week programme given in the book and experience the benefits of gentle birth. The GBM book has an enthusiastic following here in the UK and in several countries worldwide.

Quotes from mothers

-Dr Motha inspires confidence and has great success in helping women to have the wonderful births that they had hoped for, because she has exceptional talent and is able to span the divide between conventional and alternative medicine.

-Mothers know that Gowri and her personally trained team will use the best of the West and the best of the East in order to help them have a wonderful healthy pregnancy and birth, which then results in a calm baby.

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''There is an intelligence behind her advice that fills me with confidence.' Gabby Logan, The Times

'My baby is blissed out because of the Gowri touch.' Stella McCartney

About the Author

Dr Gowri Motha has worked as an obstetrician in London since 1981. She works alongside Dr Yehudi Gordon at his Viveka clinic and has delivered many celebrities’ babies, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Stella McCartney, Kate Moss and Elle McPherson at the birthing unit at the prestigious St John and Elizabeth’s Hospital, London.
Karen Swan MacLeod is a journalist who, as well as working as Senior Commissioning Editor at You Magazine, has contributed to titles including Sunday Times, the FT, Tatler and Vogue. She is a former patient of Dr Motha.

Customer Reviews

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars i really like this woman! 16 May 2009
By jo
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as the title say i like this woman and the advice she gives. I borrowed this and her other book from my library and ended up purchasing this one and photocopying quite alot of the other. Whilst i am a little dubious about some of the homeopathic remedies suggested for some of the more serious ailments for which i would be straight down the docs or to a qualified homeopathic practitioner some of the other suggestions (of which there are many) are great. I am a huge advocate of massage and there is some great advice here although along with most other readers a weekly professional treatment is neither practical or affordable. i have read so many books related to this subject and pregnancy and this is the only one i felt i had to have my own copy for constant reference. i highly recommend it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant for new mums and old hands! 7 Mar 2009
I bought this when pregnant with my third and last baby after suffering pnd with my second. A lot of things in the book can be found in others but some of the other tips were new to me as a well researched old hand.
I read this book several times during the pregnancy and it really got me excited and prepared for enjoying and falling in love with my new baby - not easy for someone with 2 older toddlers to care for and a history of pnd. I have since bought it for others - too many women read up on pregnancy and forget to research the fun and utter fulfillment but total hard work a baby of any age brings.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Packed with useful information 1 Aug 2006
This book, while much less densely packed with information than the gentle birth method, contains loads of helpful tips on mum's recovery from the birth, getting baby to sleep, breast feeding and so on. Unlike the first book, this does have an index but it is still plagued by some silly editing errors.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Only for the Rich!! 8 Feb 2012
By Rae
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I am sure the advice given in the book is fine but I don't know anyone who can afford the time or the money to do the treatments listed or who can afford to hire their own nurse to help out!! Come on!

I can't recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 20 Jan 2014
By JohnG
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Very helpful, a must read for all first time parents. Dr. Gowri is the first person we turn to every time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Book given to daughter for first guidance 25 Aug 2013
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My daughter found the advice hippy in parts, but good in others. Good to dip into for a first time mother.
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